Crop Biotech Update

CAAS Sets Up China-Brazil Joint Lab of Agri-Sciences

April 20, 2011

China-Brazil Joint Laboratory of Agricultural Sciences was established at the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) on April 13, 2011. This is the first laboratory set up with a Latin American country for agricultural sciences in China. The cooperation between CAAS and Embrapa from Brazil will encourage application and commercialization of technological achievements . It will commit agricultural sustainability and improve international influence for both countries, as well as to ensure food security and stimulate economic development of other developing countries.

At the opening ceremony, Huqu Zhai, president of the CAAS, said that the joint lab will promote bilateral development in genetic resources, biotechnology, renewable energy, food processing technology, animal husbandry and veterinary, agricultural ecology, environmental science, grassland science, and also training on communication of researchers. In addition, another joint lab will be set up in Embrapa in 2012.

For more information, contact Prof. Hongxiang from the China Biotechnology Information Center at zhanghx@mail.las.ac.cn.